Some videos contain strong/harsh language.
What Is Crossfit?
"CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy."
"Originally developed as a principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide, CrossFit is now practiced in over 12,000 affiliates worldwide by all ages, demographics, and skill levels."
"CrossFit is quite simply a “sport of fitness.” It harnesses the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport or game and yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means."
BroScienceLife: Dom Explains (Harsh Language)
What Does This Mean To You?
So why would you consider doing CrossFit? Here are a few reasons:
- If you're not into lifting heavy weights
- You don't want to get huge or look like you can lift a ton
- You don't want to set your body on an irregular routine - i.e. as your body grows, so will the amount of food you need = more $$$ to maintain your new life style
- You want that trimmed, beach body
- Crossfit burns a ton of fat
- Increases metabolism
I have my opinions about CrossFit - some good and some bad - but I'm not going to completely throw out the idea as a way for someone to get in shape and better themselves. CrossFit just isn't what I'm looking for in terms of working out. "If it's not broken, why fix it?"
Basically, CrossFit is a way to improve on multiple aspects of a person. As stated prior, 10 key physical qualities: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. If you want to have a slender, toned body without the bulk, this is how you would achieve such things. It's not for everyone, yes just like many things in life, but again if the gyn-rat life isn't your thing then Crossfit might.
Where Crossfit Came From
"Technically, CrossFit as a company may have been born in 2000, but one could say its roots were planted years earlier, when founder Greg Glassman was a teenage gymnast. Like many other teenage athletes, Glassman wanted to be stronger. He discovered that through the use of dumbbells and a barbell, he could get stronger than any other gymnast he knew who was working with bodyweight only. And like most teenage athletes, Glassman didn’t have one single outlet for his athleticism — in particular, he spent a lot of time bicycling with a group of friends. Competitive natures being what they are, Glassman realized that he could crush his gymnast-only friends in weightlifting or bicycling and out-tumble his bicycling friends. In short, he could find a person who was better than him in one arena but not in all arenas." - http://www.theboxmag.com/article/origins-of-crossfit
Fully Explained from a Pro Bodybuilder
Form vs. Time
Just like in the video above, CrossFit is more of a race with sloppy form. Beat the person next to you or beat the clock just to get it done. Weightlifting is all about form. Good form means less chances for injuries and builds more muscle. CrossFit can be fun when you have others with you doing those games as where weightlifting is more of a solo activity. You're not trying to compete other than trying to get bigger than the dude next to you or lift more... but that takes time.
Crossfit Workout: The Basics
Crossfit Workouts for Beginners
CrossFit and Gym Fails
Here are a few videos for you to learn and possibly laugh at from the fails of both CrossFit and Bodybuilding/Lifting.
It's not all about how much you can lift.